Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom Significantly more zoom 20x vs 12x
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Around 3x more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 103x60x33 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 2.3 fps
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Around 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The ZS20's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 206 g vs 229 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS3

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Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Weight Heavy Help
        ZS20:206 g
        DMC-ZS3:229 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $499

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $184 - $300

        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $531 - $547

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $449

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

        Panasonic Lumix ZS15

        Travel zoom

        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $359

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Zoom Has slightly less zoom

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $200

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Travel zoom

        $230 - $328

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Size Smaller
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $338

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Significantly larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Travel zoom

        $100 - $125

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

        Travel zoom

        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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